Trial Starts for Epileptic Man Charged in Traffic Death


The trial of an epileptic man charged with striking and killing a Naval Station Newport police detective with his truck despite multiple warnings from his doctor not to drive has started.

Lawyers made opening statements in the trial of Alan Bradley on Tuesday in federal court in Providence, Rhode Island.

The Newport man is charged with operating a motor vehicle in reckless disregard of the safety of others, resulting in death.

Bradley, a civilian Navy employee, was driving a government pickup Sept. 26, 2013, when he struck Detective Frank Lema.

Lema, also a civilian, was standing outside of a building.

Prosecutors say Bradley, who suffers from epilepsy, continued to drive despite multiple warnings from his doctor not to.

Attorneys for Bradley say he was not prohibited from driving.

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